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Essex County Looks To Cure Long Queues At Roseland Avenue Intersection

'I don’t think it’s going to cure all the problems, but I think it’s going to aid in rectifying some of the backup that occurs on a daily basis.'

Crews will modify the road striping at the Essex County owned intersection of Roseland, Westville and Bloomfield avenues that is expected to decrease wait times for those traveling in the northbound lanes.
Crews will modify the road striping at the Essex County owned intersection of Roseland, Westville and Bloomfield avenues that is expected to decrease wait times for those traveling in the northbound lanes.

An intersection in Caldwell known for its exceptionally long queue times is finally getting a much-needed adjustment.

Crews will modify the road striping at the Essex County owned intersection of Roseland, Westville and Bloomfield avenues that is expected to decrease wait times for those traveling in the northbound lanes — or toward Bloomfield Avenue. 

James Jorgensen, director of purchasing and public agency compliance officer for Essex County, unveiled the changes on Tuesday.

Caldwell Police Chief James Bongiorno said the improvements should do a lot to cut down on the buildup that happens at the intersection everyday. 

“I definitely think its going to alleviate traffic … and move that traffic forward,” said Bongiorno.  

Adjustments will be made to the queuing lanes on Roseland Avenue, said Jorgensen. The road striping designating lanes for drivers turning left onto Westville or Bloomfield avenues and those turning right onto Bloomfield Avenue will be extended to the Caldwell Fire Department.

Adding to the long wait times are cars parking illegally on the northbound side of Roseland Avenue. Those illegally parked cars, said Bongiorno, are cutting off a lane of travel and causing a bottleneck.

Bongiorno guaranteed that officers will be spending a more time in that area to prevent drivers from parking there.

“The concept is if we extend the queuing and eliminate those cars parking illegally, … the backup .. should be gone,” said Jorgensen. 

Crews will be at the intersection changing the road striping beginning Wednesday.

Tom Tevlin, who lives in Parkside Gardens located on Roseland Avenue, has been asking the council for months to somehow allay the traffic buildup that blocks the ingress and egress to his condominium community. On Tuesday, he was pleased with the solution the Caldwell Council and Essex County came up with. 

“I don’t think it’s going to cure all the problems, but I think it’s going to aid in rectifying some of the backup that occurs on a daily basis,” said Tevlin. 

d-dubbs December 05, 2013 at 11:26 AM
What about making a change to the right turn arrow (onto Bloomfield Ave) visible. The arrow turns green and nobody sees it so they just continue to sit because it is hidden.
ED99 December 05, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Is this plan going to restrict the fire dept from responding to a fire? Taking out the stop light at the fire house and allowing the turn lane to extend past the firehouse seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
John December 08, 2013 at 11:22 AM
It is an outrage that the county and the town did not contact any of the property owners on the south bound side of roseland avenue that they will no longer be able to park in front of their buildings. The town blames the county. I pay my taxes to the town. Now those business owners will suffer. The building owners won't be able to pay taxes, and the fire truck will be late for a fire. For those of us who have been in town for 50 years it's frustrating. Our tenants are going to leave and the buildings will be worthless. I guess this is all part of the master plan.

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